Lincoln Navigator Is a Best Bet

Together, The Center for Auto Safety and The Car Book have said that the Lincoln Navigator is a Best Bet. The award is only given to vehicles with superior crash test ratings, and the Navigator is the only large premium utility vehicle to earn this recognition.

The award is based on nine vehicle categories, including, crash tests, safety features, rollover, preventative maintenance, repair costs, warranty, fuel economy, complaints, and insurance.

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator earned a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration earlier this year.

In addition to its excellent safety standards, the Navigator offers an interior with premium features including better second-row head room and leg room than the Cadillac Escalade. Also, when properly equipped, it has a best-in-class towing capability of 9,000 pounds.

The 2015 Navigator is also the most powerful and most efficient Navigator ever. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine delivers 380 horsepower along with best-in-class fuel economy of 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined.

If you’re looking for a luxurious large SUV that will give you the best in safety and features, come check out the 2015 Lincoln Navigator available now at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford.

Navigator is a best bet

Ford F-150 Production on Track to Make 700,000 Vehicles

Ford has never been an auto company to shy away from lofty goals. Their latest ambition? To sell 700,000 Ford F-150 models—a goal that they’re already well on their way to achieving, thanks to the enormous popularity of the model.

There are two different assembly plants working on F-150’s, one in Dearborn, Michigan, and another in Kansas City, Missouri. Between the two, Ford will likely be able to build the 700,000 units in just a single year.

New technology in the Dearborn and Kansas City plans should make the Ford F-150 production smoother, faster, and generally more efficient than ever, including a new paint shop that detects dirt and a fleet of 500 robots to join panels and handle other small tasks.

The automaker reportedly sold 470,000 F-150’s in 2014, without even counting the other members of the F-Series (like the F-250 and F-350), which bring their 2014 F-Series sales easily over one million. It’s no wonder they’re trying to speed up production to meet this incredible demand.

Ford F-150 Production

MyLincoln Mobile Now Integrates Seamlessly With Now Cards

Let’s say you have planned to go somewhere—the mall, coffee shop, a friend’s house, whatever. It’s something you have been looking forward to for a very long time. You trudge through the snow out to Lincoln MKC only to realize that you forgot to remotely start your car! Now you’ve got to scrape all of the ice of your windshield, making you late and putting you in a foul mood for the rest of the evening.

Not anymore. Not if you own a Lincoln automobile and an Android smartphone. That’s because the Lincoln Motor Company is “the first automotive brand to launch an available seamless integration with Now cards in the Google app,” according to a press release from the automaker. This is achieved by the way of the free MyLincoln Mobile app.

If you’re wondering what Now cards are, Google says that they are are “short snippets of useful information” that appear “when you’re most likely to need them” and when “they’re relevant, based on things like the time and your location.”

Now, if you’ve scheduled your outing in your Google calendar, your Lincoln automobile will be nice and warm.

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2015 Mustang Achieves Five-Star Rating for Overall Vehicle Safety

We love great-looking cars, no doubt about it. However, good looks don’t mean much if the car isn’t safe enough to drive. Thankfully, the all-new 2015 Mustang is head-turning for both its design and its recent safety awards. The pony car has achieved a five-star rating for overall vehicle safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

A five-star rating is the highest awarded by the organization.

“The new Mustang was built from the ground up,” said Carl Widmann, chief engineer for the Mustang. “It is more refined, more powerful and it has everything people have come to love about Mustang for the past 50 years.”

The iconic car received five stars in each crash test—front, side, and rollover.

The available rearview camera and lane departure warning technologies are also recommended for the vehicle.

Stop by Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford today for more information on the vehicle that so seamlessly combines stunning design with trustworthy safety.

Five-star rating for overall vehicle safety

Lincoln Eliminates its New Car Smell from China-bound Cars

Is there anything better than that new car smell? Well, according to Chinese consumers, there is – no smell at all. In an effort to appease its Chinese car customers, Lincoln eliminates its new car smell from vehicles bound for China.

According to representatives from Lincoln Motor Company, research indicates Chinese patrons are less than enthusiastic about the scent caused by new plastics, glue, and leather that most Americans find so appealing in new cars. “They don’t like it,” says Kumar Galhotra, Lincoln’s president. “We’ve gone through a very thorough process of understanding the materials that contribute to that smell.”

In an effective effort to remove the new car smell, some automakers are employing nose teams to inspect cars for odor and develop methods for its removal. Fortunately for the Chinese market, Lincoln workers simply put a container of carbon absorbent sheets into the Lincoln cabins before the vehicle is shipped to China – much like eliminating bad odors from the fridge with baking soda – and upon arrival, the smell has dissipated.

Come check out Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, where we promise you can enjoy that new car smell!

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Introducing the MyLincoln Mobile App: the Latest Luxury in Connectivity

By recently partnering with Google, Lincoln was able to develop a one-of-a-kind seamless app experience to add to the luxury experience of owning a Lincoln. The new MyLincoln Mobile app was developed to increase connectivity between drivers and their cars.

The new app is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, allowing drivers to schedule remote starts, lock, unlock, and locate their vehicle, all with the push of a button. The seamless integration also means that owners can sync their cars with their calendars to have their car ready to go when they need it, said Lincoln.

“Delivering unique experiences for the luxury client throughout ownership is fundamental to Lincoln,” said Matt VanDyke, Director at Global Lincoln. “By innovating with leading tech companies, we have an opportunity to personalize the ongoing interaction between the customer and the vehicle.”

The new MyLincoln Mobile app will also allow users to access Google, providing them with information on traffic, weather, and even things like sports scores. No more fumbling around with your phone; this new system lets users have hands-free information anytime they want. Plus, with the new remote system, drivers can access their cars from nearly anywhere.

MyLincoln mobile app

2015 Lincoln Navigator Receives 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the 2015 Lincoln Navigator with its maximum 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety in the New Car Assessment Program.

The score highlights the SUV’s ability to keep passengers safe in the event of a frontal or side-impact crash, as well as its resistance to rollover. It uses a nifty system called AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control to provide stability and minimize skidding/fishtailing in sharp turns.

However, what impresses us the most about the 2015 Navigator here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford is the vehicle’s ability to avoid crashes altogether, thanks to its comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assist technologies.

Features like Blind Spot Information System, Cross-traffic alert, and forward and reverse sensing systems ensure that the driver is as aware of his or her surroundings as possible, making them less likely to get into a situation that would lead to an inevitable crash. And that, we think, is even better than its 5-star crashworthiness!

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First 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Fetches $1 Million

Ford has auctioned off its very first 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang, VIN# 001, at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. The winning bid came in at a cool $1 million, and the proceeds will benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the country’s leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

The proud new owner of the first production Ford Shelby GT350R will get to choose from any of the available colors and options.

The Shelby GT350R was designed to be Ford’s most powerful supercar yet, capable of delivering on-track performance never before seen from a Mustang. Improved aerodynamics, updated chassis engineering, and light-weighting are factors that contribute to the GT350R’s impressive performance.

“The Shelby GT350R is a world-class car, the best performing Mustang that we have ever built,” said Raj Nair, Ford Group Vice President, Global Product Development.  “We are thrilled to donate the first retail production Shelby GT350R to JDRF for auction.  When this car crosses the auction block it should raise a tremendous amount of money for a great charity.”

And that it did. According to motorauthority.com, this Barrett-Jackson auction sold 1,600 cars, with a total value reaching more than $130 million. That marks a new record in the auction house’s 44-year history. The auction of the first Ford Shelby GT350R certainly helped achieve that record.

Here at Shults Ford Lincoln of Wexford, we couldn’t be more excited for the all-new 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang. Stop by to learn more!

first 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

Ford Names Mark LaNeve Head of U.S. Sales

With John Felice heading into early retirement after 31 years of service, Ford has named a successor to its top sales and marketing position. Felice’s replacement is none other than Mark LaNeve.

LaNeve served as General Motors head of sales and marketing for five years before taking his leave after the company’s bankruptcy in 2009. LaNeve then joined Allstate Corp. where he helped create the “Mayhem” advertising campaign. After three years, he departed and took over as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Global Team Ford, Ford’s advertising agency.

At Ford, LaNeve will cover all marketing, sales, and service and dealer relations within the United States. “John has had a long and successful career as a key leader serving us around the world for more than 30 years,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, on John Felice’s early retirement. LaNeve is expected to change customer’s retail experience. With LaNeve taking the reins from Felice on February 1, 2015, we can expect Ford to overcome any challenges it may face in the future.

Mark LaNeve

New Ford F-150 Earns Title of 2015 Truck of the Year

Truck Trend has chosen an excellent and worthy recipient for the magazine’s first annual Truck of the Year award. The Ford F-150, a new truck for a new generation of truck buyers, was named the 2015 Truck of the Year. There are many reasons the truck is worthy of the award—from its groundbreaking and progressive design, to its efficiency, power and style.

“Ford has found a sweet spot in the half-ton pickup segment, delivering a compelling mix of efficiency and capability, while still delivering an enhanced driving experience that American consumers demand,” said Sean P. Holman, Truck Trend content director. “What we put these trucks through was nothing short of grueling, and it was the F-150 that consistently impressed our experts.”

Ford was already crushing the competition in the full-size truck segment, but this new version of the F-150 simply pushes the bar even higher—and puts the Ford lineup farther ahead of the competition. With an EcoBoost engine, a rearview camera, BoxLink design, and more, the truck has everything. Come see us here at Shults Ford of Wexford to learn more.

2015 Truck of the Year